LGBT Compassion in Action

RWF is the world's first and only all-volunteer, LGBT- based humanitarian aid organization. Our mission is to promote peace, unity and hope by leading the LGBT movement in participating in humanitarian relief efforts. RWF has donated over $4.1 million of life saving aid.

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Dear Friends,

Since our founding, Rainbow World Fund's mission has been to promote peace, unity and hope by leading the LGBT movement in participating in humanitarian relief efforts. This past Friday's abhorrent attacks in Paris served as a reminder that our world is not at peace, and that our mission is as important today, if not more so, than it was when we first started in 2000.

Paris is just the latest place to have grabbed our attention. A similar attack happened in Beirut a day earlier. And the ongoing Syrian refugee crisis has been a mainstay of headlines throughout the year. We are shocked and sickened by the carnage, but we also refuse to give up hope.

For the past nine years, Rainbow World Fund (RWF) has presented the Rainbow World Fund World Tree of Hope as a symbol of global unity, peace, and hope. Located in San Francisco's historic City Hall, this year's RWF World Tree of Hope - our tenth - will be graced by thousands of origami cranes inscribed with wishes for the future of the world. We invite you to submit your wish by clicking here. Each wish will be printed, folded into an origami crane, and placed on the RWF World Tree of Hope throughout December.

If you are in the San Francisco Bay Area, we invite you to join us for the official lighting of the RWF World Tree of Hope on Wednesday, December 2, from 5:30-7:00pm followed by a reception until 8:00pm. We will be joined by Emcee Cheryl Jennings, the San Francisco Boys' Chorus, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, the Deputy Consul General of Japan, and The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. Admission is free.

These are trying times, to be sure, but we now have more reason than ever to show the world that the LGBT and friends' community cares and supports our global neighbors.


J eff Cotter,
Executive Director

Do you have a wish for the World?
Be part of this symbol of global unity!

The Rainbow World Fund (RWF) World Tree of Hope is a holiday tree decorated with thousands of white origami cranes, each containing written notes of hope & peace from children and individuals from around the world. The tree is a gift from members of the LGBT community to the world - given to inspire hope and promote peace, love and humanitarianism. Send us your wish, we'll turn it into an origami crane and put it on the RWF World Tree of Hope Sending a wish is FREE and open to everyone.

And join us for the tree lighting

FEATURING:  A concert by the Grammy winning San Francisco Boys Chorus ● Emcee Cheryl Jennings ● Mayor Ed Lee and Consul General of Japan will exchange peace cranes ● The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence will bless the tree ● and much more!

FREE: Admission - refreshments

WHEN: Wednesday, December 2, 2015 - 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

WHERE: San Francisco City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place

RSVP on FACEBOOK and help spread the word, please share this invitation with your friends.

An Invitation to Hope
An Invitation to Hope
Wish contributors to the tree include

"A world for our children more just,  more fair, more kind than the one we know now"
- President Barack Obama

"I wish it will snow in the morning so nobody does not have to go to school for two weeks!"
- Michael, 13, Long Island, New York

"I dare to wish for a world in which people live in harmony with each other and the natural world"
- Dame Jane Goodall